Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival


SIRI HUSTVEDT’s book of essays: “A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women”

The American writer and essayist Siri Hustvedt, a guest of the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival in three editions, released a book of essays last December, A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex and the Mind.

These essays, written between 2011 and 2015, are divided into three sections: A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women collects texts about artists and writers (such as Picasso and Susan Sontag) and about the biases that influence our judgment of art, literature and the world; The Delusions of Certainty reflects on the mind/body theme and What Are We? Lectures on the Human Condition assembles writings on neurological disorders such as synesthesia and hysteria, based on research in sociology, neurobiology, history, genetics, statistics, psychology and psychiatry.

A praised and prize-winning novelist, Hustvedt is also an influential thinker in the fields of neurology, feminism, art criticism and philosophy. Her work draws bridges between artistic and scientific disciplines, connecting art and science in a very lucid, vivid and intelligent way, aiming to better understand the human mind and body.

Siri Hustvedt was a guest and a member of the Jury of the LEFFEST in 2008, 2011 and 2013. In 2011, she gave a masterclass, took part in a conversation with the public and in a collective reading, together with Don DeLillo, Paul Auster e J.M. Coetzee. In 2013, she did a solo reading.
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